cowboys and cars are the subjects of current and upcoming reality TV shows.

cowboys and cars are the subjects of current and upcoming reality TV shows.

In CMT’s Cowboy U 2004, “four men and four women … said goodbye to modern conveniences such as phones and indoor showers for life on a real working ranch.” They’ll participate in a “final challenge where they must rope a steer, barrel race and ride a 1,200-pound live bull in hopes of earning the $25,000 cash prize and custom-made Cowboy U 2004 saddle.” Three episodes air back-to-back tomorrow night starting at 9 p.m. ET, with two more episodes airing on the following Fridays. The show concludes Feb. 6.

Meanwhile, a bunch of new shows focus on cars in one way or another. Joining shows such as Monster Garage and American Chopper will be American Hot Rod on the Discovery channel. There’s also Overhaulin’ on TLC, which is a sort of Trading Spaces for cars. Finally, Spike TV is also airing The Reality of Speed, which follows “young members of two teams on the NASCAR circuit,” according to Newsday’s wrap-up of the programs.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.